The progress my clients make in their confidence, career and business choices really inspire me, and I wanted to share their journeys with you, in the hope they will do the same!
This week I am sharing Anita, whose growth in confidence has given her an amazing career pivot!
I first discovered Clara on Social Media. Her inspiring articles about working Mums, work-life balance and career development after children really resonated with me. I immediately felt that Clara could help me, and I strongly believe that to be successful, you have to ask for help and surround yourself with people that inspire you.
Having returned to work after maternity leave, I was at cross-roads but I felt stuck. I was unhappy in my role and wanted to move on, but I’d been with the same company for 12 years and I’d lost my confidence. I’d been telling myself that I was lucky to have a part-time job at a senior level and that I’d never find anything else at the same level or that was as fulfilling.
I booked four coaching sessions with Clara and I can honestly say, she changed my life. During our first session, Clara helped me think more broadly about what I wanted from life, what I was good at and what I really wanted to achieve. With her unique insight, she immediately observed the negative stories I was unconsciously telling myself. This was a lightbulb moment for me. We spent the first session talking about my dream of becoming an author and how I could make that happen. I came away feeling creative and inspired and not so concerned about my work situation.
A few weeks later, by complete coincidence, Clara was helping a friend promote a job vacancy at YMCA Sutton Coldfield, a local community charity. She shared it on Facebook and when I saw it, I literally couldn’t believe my luck. It was part-time, it was marketing, it was strategic, and it was based 10 mins away from where I live. Over the course of my next few coaching sessions, Clara helped me prepare for the interview but also gave me the confidence to leave my current company (where I’d been for 12 years) and make a success of this scary new job in a sector where I had no experience and no existing network.
I’ve been at the YMCA in Sutton Coldfield for 18 months now and I couldn’t be happier. The YMCA does an incredible job changing the lives of the most disadvantaged children and young people in our area and I’ve loved finding out about all the different projects they deliver so that I can raise awareness and funds for them. It’s such a rewarding job and no two days are ever the same. One minute, I’m writing a Marketing strategy, the next I’m writing Press Releases and organising events. I get to do every aspect of Marketing from press and events to digital marketing, social media, and marketing design. I was even asked to deliver a 3-day training course on Marketing to the staff team. As a Marketer, I’m privileged to have such amazing content to work with and as a writer, I love being able to tell the wonderful stories of the young people we help.
Since my coaching sessions with Clara, I’m also fulfilling my dreams of becoming a writer and I’m currently writing a children’s book as well as several pieces of poetry. I’m lucky that my job gives me so many opportunities to write and one day, I’d like to think that I will become a published author.
For anyone considering coaching, my advice would be you are only as good as the people around you and even the most successful people have coaches and a support team. To achieve great things, you need to surround yourself with people that inspire, energise and give you focus. And a good coach can do all of those things and more.
If anyone would like to find out more about the YMCA in Sutton Coldfield and help disadvantaged children and young people in the local community, you can like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’re also looking for even more people to sign up for our Sleep Easy event raising money to prevent youth homelessness so if you fancy a fun night out sleeping in a cardboard box, you can sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sleep-easy-ymca-sutton-coldfield-tickets-50362653051